Across the Courts and Rinks

A Crimson sports recap.  Men’s Ice Hockey              It’s been ten years since Harvard last won an Ivy League Championship in men’s hockey. On Friday night, they had a chance to break that streak with a win over Cornell at Bright-Landry. However, all they could muster was a 2-2 tie. Less than ten minutes into the games, Harvard was off to a good start in its pursuit for the Ivy Championship when Sean Malone scored to put the Crimson up 1-0. As the second half started, Cornell began to seize the momentum, and as a bevy of shots were flung …






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Brains Over Brawn

How Peyton Manning’s evolution has led to a Super Bowl appearance.             This may be it. This Super Bowl may be the last time we ever see Peyton Manning grace a football field. As Cam Newton begins to take the reins as the face of the NFL and the mantle of the best quarterback in the league, many believe we are left watching the shell of Peyton Manning’s old self compete against the new wave of uber-talented athletes in the NFL. Many are already assuming that the Panthers will walk all over the Broncos like the Seahawks did two years …






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The Win That Shouldn’t Have Been 

How a blown call ensured Harvard’s win over Dartmouth.  By now, you must have heard the narrative of Harvard’s win over Dartmouth. In one of the most anticipated games in recent Ivy League memory, two undefeated and ranked teams fought for control of the race for the Ivy League title. They lived up to its billing as a defensive struggle as both teams failed to eclipse 14 points, and it was as close as could be with the Crimson narrowly defeating the Big Green 14-13. Harvard sealed up the iconic victory by blocking a game-winning field goal attempt as time …






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Water Polo Swims Along

Harvard runs win streak to eight   When Harvard swept its annual West Coast road trip, it should have been a sign that this year’s team may have been better than anything Harvard water polo had ever seen. Each year, Harvard spends a week in California, considered the mecca of water polo, competing against the best collegiate water polo has to offer. This year, Harvard went undefeated on its trip for the first time in recent memory and in the process beat three top-20 opponents. After this weekend, the special feeling is getting stronger as the Crimson pushed its win streak …






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The Crimson Tamed the Tigers 

Princeton proved a hard catch in the first half, but Harvard made it a blowout.  It was bound to happen. Harvard’s football team would have to face some adversity during the season. The law of averages state that Harvard could not simply continue to blow teams out of the water, hold them scoreless for hours on end, and score at will. Most people would have assumed that the Crimson would face this challenge against Dartmouth or Yale, but Princeton turned out to be the formidable foe. That was until the second half. The game started off on the wrong foot …






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A Well-Deserved Win 

When the World Series ends, let the party begin     “Pigs have flown, hell has frozen over, the Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!!”  When Garrett Hartley’s game-winning kick sailed through the uprights to send the New Orleans Saints into the 2010 Super Bowl, a long-time radio commentator for the team reacted with that quote. The jubilation in his voice was something that still today sends chills up my spine. The Saints for years were the laughing-stock of the entire NFL. At times, it got so bad that fans would arrive to games with bags on their …






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Women’s Lightweight Crew: Simply the Best 

Radcliffe Lightweight proves to be the best college on the water at Head of the Charles. Quick question: what is the best sports team on Harvard’s campus? You may have said football, basketball, women’s soccer, or on the more obscure side, squash. All of these are great guesses, but all would be objectively wrong. The real answer here is Harvard’s women’s lightweight crew. The names Pate, Henry, McNeill, and Lang should float off your tongue with the same frequency and reverence as Saunders, Chambers, Stanton, or Sobhy. Why? Simple, they win and have won. In the last three years, Radcliffe …






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Do the Thing. Win the Sports. 

 The Indy recaps Harvard Athletics from this past weekend.  Football For Harvard football, the fun just does not stop. In its second Ivy League contest, Harvard defeated Cornell 40-3 behind dominating performances on both sides of the ball. Harvard’s offense put up a perfectly balance 499 yards of offense, and the defense followed up that performance by allowing under 250 yards and forcing four turnovers. The win puts Harvard at 2-0 in the Ivy League and marks the fourth consecutive time that Harvard has won by more than 25 points. Harvard has also climbed to its highest ranking of the …






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Melted Dreams

BY PEYTON FINE The Crimson fall to Nebraska-Omaha in NCAA tournament play.  Harvard entered the NCAA tournament on a roll. They had just won the grueling ECAC tournament to earn a spot in the tournament and were poised to make another run in the NCAA tournament. The road before them looked easy as the Crimson watched the first seed in their region lose just minutes before the puck dropped in their first NCAA tournament game since 2006. Standing in front of Harvard’s trip to the quarterfinals was the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a team that had only won two of their …






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The Dutchmen of Union Upset Harvard

BY PEYTON FINE Without McNally, the Crimson struggle to keep Union off the scoreboard. By the looks of the game on paper, Harvard should have easily beaten Union last Friday night. Union, the defending national champion, has had a down year by their standards, as they came into the game unranked and sitting almost at the bottom of the ECAC standings. Harvard is in the midst of one of its best seasons in recent memory and came into the game second in the conference and fourth in the country. However, as the old saying goes, “the game is not played …






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Playing the Field

BY PEYTON FINE Your guide to guys at The Game. For many of Harvard students, Harvard-Yale is their only exposure to football of the year. Many of my friends don’t actually care about the nuances of the sport and instead ask me, “What should I know about the players? Like, can you tell me who is ok to date? I mean, The Game is home to the best after-parties, and you never know who might turn up.” So, here are some sever overgeneralizations of each position for your perusing pleasure. 1. Quarterback—He has the world on the string, the big …






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The NFL: Where “Men” Act Like Boys

BY PEYTON FINE How domestic abuse is handled in the NFL. As I watch football games, I am constantly bombarded with comments about how this is a “man’s” game. Commentators discuss a player’s toughness, strength, and speed. Players brag about how their play gains them respect from fellow “men.” Then, they leave the gridiron and beat their wives, kids, or kill people. These “men” become boys, who have no respect for anyone in a vulnerable position, no respect for life, no respect for basic decency. And, no one stops them. Other “men” turn blind eyes, dole out slaps on the …






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